What Are The Conditions I Must Abide By If My Spouse Is Sponsoring Me?

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I am about to submit my application for permanent residence as a sponsored spouse, and I have heard that my visa will be subject to terms and conditions. What are the conditions?
The new regulations came into effect on October 25, 2012 and apply only to sponsored spouses, common-law partners and conjugal partners who have been in a relationship with their sponsor for less than two years and have no children together. They require such sponsored spouses, common-law partners or conjugal partners to reside with their sponsor for a period of two years from the date of landing. Therefore, if you have been together with your spouse for at least two years, or have children together, the condition will not apply. Please be aware that if the condition does apply, you will need to maintain proper records of cohabitation for a period of two years, and ensure that you maintain contact with CIC until the condition is met. As with any change of this nature, there will be many issues that will arise for couples in this situation, and all affected couples should keep themselves informed of the regulations.

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Nancy Myles Elliott is a business person and lawyer, focusing on solutions for individuals and companies seeking to invest or relocate in Canada. Ms. Elliott leads her own law firm, focusing on immigration and citizenship law, as well as advising on corporate legal matters relevant to new immigrants.
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